We aim to reconnect millions of people with the UK’s longest river and engage with local people, community groups and schools.

Our river for people and wildlife

Restoring 158 miles of river for shad

The project is inspired by one of the UK’s rarest fish. Hundreds of thousands of twaite shad used to migrate up the River Severn to reach their natural spawning grounds.  But weirs installed in the mid-19th century blocked this annual migration.  Unlocking the Severn will provide fish passage at six barriers on the River Severn and its River Teme tributary.  This will restore 158 miles of river habitat and benefit a host of other important fish species including salmon and eel.

The Canal & River Trust (lead), Severn Rivers Trust, Environment Agency and Natural England are the partner organizations for delivering this project.  Unlocking the Severn is funded by the Heritage Lottery Fund and the EU LIFE Programme, as well as The Waterloo Foundation and the partners.

Reconnecting to our river

Unlocking the Severn includes exciting activities for people of all ages, interests and backgrounds, so that more people can be inspired and learn from the UK’s longest river.

Our heritage, education and people-powered science programmes aim to reconnect millions of people with the River. This includes working with community groups along the river, over 6000 school children, and creating opportunities for hundreds of volunteers.

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Unlocking the Severn for Schools

We believe the UK’s longest river can uniquely inspire young learners.
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Find out more about this project

Our heritage & science programmes will bring people together in learning.
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Meet the team behind the project

Meet some of the faces that are working hard behind the scene on this project.
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Our partners and funders

Without the support of our partners & funders, this project wouldn't be possible.
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We've counted 28713 fish so far!

Visiting the River

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Discover and learn about our river

Our River

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Secrets of one of the UK’s rarest fish

The Shad

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